Indoor hospitality has reopened its doors as part of the latest changes in lockdown measures
Despite the falling numbers Britain is still not scheduled to open up fully for another seven weeks. Ministers are even hinting that masks and forms of social distancing may continue past June 21.
Scotland has seen coronavirus restrictions lift from Level 4 to Level 3
Boris Johnson hailed the latest step towards freedom from lockdown in England saying that planned easings will go ahead on May 17.
By 6:30am, shoppers had already started to form a queue outside a Primark store in Londonderry
Two households will be able to meet indoors from early May
Hospitality chiefs in England warn that rules such as table service and capacity restrictions will hamper the businesses as they attempt to return to profit after more than a year of disruption.
PM says social distancing will be left up to ‘personal choice’ as he confirms next phase of roadmap will go ahead as plannedLockdown easing in England: what will change from 17 MayCoronavirus – latest updatesSocial distancing and the 1 metre-plus rule could be scrapped next month, the prime minister has suggested, as he confirmed the next step of England’s lockdown easing but said families and friends should think carefully before deciding to hug.
The return of socialising indoors and hugging friends and family from May 17 are due to be announced by the Prime Minister at 5pm
Ex-veterans minister Johnny Mercer has slammed Boris Johnson for failing to include legislation in the Queen's Speech to protect British veterans who served during the Troubles.
Theatres could reopen from as early as May
Bereaved families and experts say lessons should be learned quickly before a potential third waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has come under fire from experts and bereaved families for delaying until spring 2022 the newly announced public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.